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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The annual Elves and More Bicycle Giveaway event was held in Wyoming on Saturday morning for the first time.
The event was held at Godfrey Lee Middle and High School and nearly 300 volunteers gave out 1,800 bikes to kids living in the neighborhood. It’s the 11th year that the event has taken place, and it normally serves families in Grand Rapids.
Amanda Ramon said that it was a great gift for her kids. “Thank you very much. Our family greatly appreciates it and I know other families out there also do. It’s a great early Christmas present for the kids, that’s for sure, and a very good blessing for the community,” said Ramon.
The organization, Elves and More, aims to bring hope to young kids in a neighborhood each year by giving away the new bicycles.
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WYOMING, Mich. — Local non-profit 'Elves and More West Michigan' teamed up to give away nearly 1,800 bikes to children in the Godfrey Lee Neighborhood.
There were long lines outside Lee High School in Wyoming as families brought their kids to pick out their new bikes and helmets.
Each kid that received a bike had to be from the Godfrey Lee neighborhood or school district and be between the ages of 3-16.
Volunteers with 'Elves and More' spent last weekend assembling each bike by hand; time that they say was very well spent.
WYOMING, MI -- Children in a Wyoming neighborhood pedaled away on new bikes Saturday as the annual Elves & More West Michigan project gave out 1,800 two-wheelers.
Families near the Godfrey-Lee school district received the surprise gifts this year.
Volunteers set up shop at the Lee Middle and High school buildings off Havana Avenue SW early Saturday, Dec. 19.
As part of the project, now in its 11th year, about 300 volunteers helped unload the new bikes from semi-trucks, then helped arriving children and their families make any needed adjustments to the bikes.
The bikes were funded this year through 13 corporate donors. Last year, about 1,500 bikes were given out in a Southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood.
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Every $65 donated allowed Elves & More to buy one bike and a helmet.
Families in the neighborhood were alerted to the giveaway by a last-minute text through the school district as well as fire trucks and police cars rolling through the area with announcements from loudspeakers.
Leaders with Elves & More West Michigan choose a different neighborhood each year, with the goal of helping children between 3 and 16 in age.
Since the project's inception, nearly 12,000 bikes have been distributed.
n Saturday, Juana Hernandez and her three children, including 5-year-old son Karlos, showed up for the giveaway.
"I woke them up this morning. I said 'Santa is going to bring you new bikes,'" she said. "They got up all excited."
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